Newtown's tragedy became Burlingame's sorrow Monday night as the names and ages of all of those killed were read aloud during a memorial service dedicated to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday.
Each name followed by the ringing of a single bell and the lighting a candle. 20 tiny flames representing the young lives taken way too soon..
Eight large candles stood for the school staff, the gunman's mother and for the guman who unleashed the terror.
Pastor Paul Watermulder of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame wanted to provide an opportunity for people to share in their grief.
"I believe God heals broken hearts," Watermulder said. "When we have a crisis like this it's really important for us to be able to be with other people and be able to acknowledge our feelings of sadness or anger."
As people prayed and sang, their hearts were heavy and many fought back tears thinking about the horrific event.
"We pray for the families who are grieving. We pray for those who are wounded and recovering," said Rev. Sister Lynne Sharp from St. Paul's Episcopal Church. "We pray for those who protected others and we pray for those who were witnesses to this event."
One person with a special bond to Newtown is Betty Cocoran. She grew up in the town and her grief was clearly visible as she placed her arms over the pew and wept.
Amy McHugh of Hillsborough said it was important for her to take part in the service. "At a time like this, our country needs to be united and feel like we're one and supporting each other and feeling like there's hope," McHugh explained.
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